Quotations About / On: LOVE
In her first passions a woman loves her lover, but later she loves love itself.
(François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 473 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).)
Love gratified is love satisfied, and love satisfied is indifference begun.
(Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), British novelist. Third edition, London (1751). Belford, in Clarissa, vol. 4, p. 348, AMS Press (1990).)
I love my work with a frenetic and perverse love, as an ascetic loves the hair shirt which scratches his belly.
(Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), French novelist. Letter, April 24, 1852, to Louise Colet, trans. by Stratton Buck (1966). Correspondance, II, p. 395, Conard (1926-1933).)
To love one person with a private love is poor and miserable: to love all is glorious.
(Thomas Traherne (1636-1674), British clergyman, poet, mystic. (First published 1908). "Fourth Century," no. 69, Centuries (written c. 1672).)
It is best to love wisely, no doubt: but to love foolishly is better than not to be able to love at all.
(William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863), British author. Pendennis, ch. 6 (1848-1850).)
love says 'be desperate not be affectionate always' that what love desires
(love says 'be desperate not be affectionate always' that what love desires)
'Never curse love, for God made you out of love'
Loving own country is to love peace
(those don't love their own nation, in fact they create restlessness)
We can only learn to love by loving.
(Iris Murdoch (20th century), Anglo-Irish writer. Ed. by Carolyn Warner. The Last Word, ch. 26 (1992).)
Do we mean love, when we say love?
(Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. Words in "Words and Music," one of the dramatic pieces in Cascando, p. 25, Grove Press (1968).)